This spring’s bizarre weather has certainly been a challenge for local strawberry farms.At Tate’s Strawberry farm in Corinth, they’re planning to open the pick-your-own season a few weeks early as a result of the warm weather in early March.They’ve had to use an irrigation system to protect the strawberry blossoms from the frost.Owner Albert Tate says the weather this spring certainly has presented some challenges.
For the first time ever, Miss Maine has made the top five in the Miss USA pageant.Katherine Ashley Whittier is from New Gloucester.She played basketball at the University of Maine.Katie Whittier came in as fourth runner up in Sunday night’s pageant at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.The winner of the pageant was Rima Fakih of Dearborn, Michigan.Fakih is originally from Lebanon.
Police say two people are dead after an early morning car crash in Trenton.According to police at about 1:00 am a two vehicle crash occurred on Rt-3 in the Town of Trenton, instantly killing 26-year-old Cinthya Perez of Los Angles, California.
A Winterport teen is doing his part to give back to an organization that gave him so much.As Meghan Hayward tells us, it’s something he plans to do for as long as he can.We first introduced you to 14-year-old Tony Cote last year.He was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis when he was just nine months old.The Make-A-Wish Foundation decided to grant Tony with a wish, and he picked Disney World.And now Tony is doing his part to give back to an organization that helped him.” This year we wanted to do more of an event type thing.
The use of Indian nicknames for mascots in Maine schools was the topic of discussion at a symposium in Bangor Saturday.The talk focused on rather using these images for sporting symbols is respectful or disgraceful?The symposium featured three panels with representatives from Maine’s four native american tribes– Penobscot, Passamaquoddy, Micmac and Maliseet.There are about 20 schools in Maine who have changed their mascots from a Native American symbol to something different.Other schools are in the process of phasing it out.But there are a few who have kept their original nicknames.Michelle Bernard was one of the panelists.She thinks its important to have a symposium like this to get the awareness out there.” And so the fact that we have all these people getting together and coming to a meeting of the minds about this saying yes maybe this is something we should address.
Folks were hitting the pavement in Bangor Saturday, to help the Arthritis Foundation.Walkers started down by Sea Dog and walked the waterfront and then made their way up Main Street.Organizers of the event say it has grown every year.And they’re happy to be able to get the word out.They say a big misconception folks have about arthritis is that only old people are affected.But there are actually 300,000 kids who are currently affected by arthritis.” It gets the awareness out there of what the foundation is trying to do.
Earlier this week, people in Bucksport responded with concern and anger when someone posted fliers in town seeking members for a white supremacist group.Now a man who said he was the leader of the group has changed his message, saying the whole idea was a hoax to get people’s attention.”I think he’s a little ridiculous to draw so much attention to himself and want to rattle up a whole town,” says Kasey Pelletier.”Why would somebody go to that extreme to do something like that, to test people that live in the town?
Some high schools from across the state have spent months coming up with designs for wind blades.Friday, they put their ideas to the test in the 2nd Annual Wind Blade Challenge at the University of Maine.There was a lot at stake, including $50,000 in college funds for the first place winner.”They design wind blades using composite materials and working directly with composite manufacturers to help them design the blades.”It’s a competition sponsored by the Maine Composites Alliance and the Maine Wind Industry Initiative.Last January, they sent kits to the high school teams taking part, from Aroostook to York counties, then asked them to come up with a blade design that would produce the most energy.